The Scroll and the Seven Seals

(Also intro to the trumpet and bowl judgments)

What is the scroll and what do the seven seals loose?
 
Rev 5:1-7

And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.  Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?”  And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.  So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.  But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”  And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.  Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.

 

Most pastors have mistaken this scroll for the title deed to the earth.  The title deed to the earth is a man made doctrine that is found nowhere in the bible.  It was created because no one knew what this scroll was, so a name was given to it.  Unfortunately, this is not what it is.  The earth has always been the Lord's.  There are numerous scriptures that reaffirm the earth belongs to the Lord.

 

Exo 9:29

So Moses said to him, “As soon as I have gone out of the city, I will spread out my hands to the LORD; the thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, that you may know that the earth is the LORD's.

 

Exo 19:5

‘Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.

 

Many bible teachers will argue Adam forfeited the earth to Satan.  Problem is the earth was never given to Adam.  They have misunderstood Genesis 1:28.

 

Gen 1:28

Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

 

They, Adam and Eve, were only made a steward of the earth, to have dominion and learn to subdue it as earth's keepers.  They were to bring these things under their control as the master stewards of God's earth.

 

Gen 2:15

Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.

 

Notice Adam was to tend the garden as a steward and to keep it nice as a keeper of the garden.  Therefore, when Adam disobeyed he was driven from the garden.  

 

Gen 3:23-24

[T]herefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.  So He drove out the man.

 

God did not kick Adam out of Adam's garden, nor did God kick Adam out of Satan's garden. Everything has always been God's and He alone has the right to drive you out.

 

Isa 66:1

Thus says the LORD:

“Heaven is My throne,

And earth is My footstool."

 

So what is the scroll that only Jesus is worthy to open?

 

The Scroll

 

The scroll is the right to judge the earth.  Jesus is the only one who has the right to judge the earth.

 

Jhn 5:22-23

“For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him."

 

Therefore, no one has the right to take the scroll out of the Father's right hand except the Son whom the Father has committed all judgment to.  

 

Rev 5:1-7

And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.  Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?”  And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.  So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.  But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”  And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.  Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.

 

Why was no one in heaven able to open the scroll, not even the Father?  Jesus specifically said, "For the Father judges no one."

 

Why does the Father judge no one this time, unlike the flood of Noah?  Because, He "has committed all judgment to the Son."

 

Why does the Father commit all judgment to the Son?  So "that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father."  

 

Is God the Father not worthy to open the scroll?  The Father did not die for the sins of humanity.  Therefore, this time around He wants all to honor the Son.  If you do not honor the Son, who came to save you, then you will be judged by the Son.

 

Jesus alone is worthy to take the scroll because He alone is worthy to judge the people on earth who rejected His salvation.  He came to redeem the earth and to save all its inhabitants by shedding His precious blood but they rejected Him.  Therefore, He will judge all those who have profaned His holy sacrifice.  

 

The opening of all seven seals begins the wrath of God (great tribulation) upon the inhabitants of the earth.  The sixth seal makes this clear.  The sixth seal is the sign to the inhabitants of the earth that the wrath of God has come.

 

Rev 6:12-17

I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood.  And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.  And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! “For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

 

However, God did not appoint true believers unto wrath.  Faithful believers who are waiting on the Lord will not be here during "the wrath of the Lamb."

 

1Th 5:9

For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The seventh seal is the last seal before the carnage begins.  Therefore heaven takes a moment of silence.

 

Rev 8:1

When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

 

As described by Jesus:

 

Mat 24:21

“For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be."

 

It would only be right to take a moment of silence for the destruction and the suffering that is about to take place.  It is after the opening of the seventh seal and after the moment of silence is taken that the seven angels with the seven trumpets prepare themselves to sound.

 

Rev 8:1-6

When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.  And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand.  Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.  So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

incorrect view

Most bible teachers teach there are 21 judgments in the book of Revelation.

  • 7 seal judgments

  • 7 trumpet judgments

  • 7 bowl judgments

This understanding is inaccurate.

 

A simple reading of the text will tell us there are a total of 17 judgments.

  • 3 seal judgments - beginning of sorrows

  • 7 trumpet judgments - wrath of God 

  • 7 bowl judgments - wrath of God

What is the significance of the number 17?

First seal

Second seal

Third seal

Fourth seal

Fifth seal

Sixth seal

Seventh seal

God's end time prophet appears!

Wars - conflict on earth

Famine

Death

Cry of the martyrs

Sign the tribulation is about to begin

Silence in heaven

Not a judgment

Judgment

Judgment

Judgment

Not a judgment

Not a judgment

Not a judgment

Not the wrath of the Lamb.

Beginning of sorrows

Mat 24:7-8

“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows."

Beginning of sorrows:

Second seal

 

 

 

Third seal

 

 

Fourth seal

 

red horse; its rider is given a sword; takes peace from earth; people begin to kill one another

 

black horse, its rider has a pair of scales

 

pale horse, its rider's name is death

 

"For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

 

 

And the will be famines,


 

pestilences, and earthquakes in various places."

"All these are the beginning of sorrows."

After the sixth seal (sign the great tribulation is about to begin) and seventh seal (moment of silence), the wrath of God begins.

 

Rev 8:1-2

When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.

 

Rev 8:6

So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

 

After six trumpet judgments come seven bowl judgments.  The seventh trumpet is saved for last.

 

Rev 15:1

Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.

 

Rev 15:7-8

Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever.  The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

 

Notice the seven bowl judgments are the last plagues, "for in them the wrath of God is complete."

 

The seventh trumpet is not a plague but a final judgment.  It is the announcing of the kingdom of God upon the earth.

 

Rev 11:15

Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”

 

Rev 10:7

[B]ut in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.

 

Timeline - Beginning of end time events:

First seal

 

Second seal

 

Third seal

Fourth seal

Fifth seal

Mystery Babylon

Rapture

 

Sixth seal

 

144,000 sealed

Seventh seal

white horse - End time prophet begins his conquest for Jesus and begins the restoration of all things

red horse - its rider is given a sword; peace is taken from earth; people on earth kill one another

black horse, its rider has a pair of scales

pale horse, its rider's name is death

cry of the martyrs

is burned

“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” Rev 19:7

sign of the great tribulation

“For the great day of His wrath has come" Rev 6:17

12 tribes of Israel sealed

moment of silence - "When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour." Rev 8:1

Great tribulation begins - The wrath of God is poured out

Two witnesses

First trumpet

 

Second trumpet

Third trumpet

 

Fourth trumpet

 

Fifth trumpet

Sixth trumpet

They appear and prophesy for 1260 Days.  Rev 11:3

"...a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up." Rev 8:7

"...a third of the sea became blood."  Rev 8:8

"A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter."  Rev 8:11

"...a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened."  Rev 8:12

Men are tormented by the locust from the bottomless pit.  Rev 9:1-11

The four angels at the Euphrates are released to kill a third of mankind. Rev 9:13-19

Two witnesses

Antichrist

 

First bowl

 

Second bowl

Third bowl

Fourth bowl

Fifth bowl

Sixth bowl

Seventh bowl

 

Seventh trumpet

Are killed approximately in the middle of the tribulation.  Rev 11:14

"It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them."  Rev 13:5-7

"...a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast..." Rev 16:2

"...every living creature in the sea died."  Rev.16:3

Rivers and springs of water become blood. Rev 16:4-7

"...men were scorched with great heat..." Rev.16:8-9

Kingdom of the beast becomes full of darkness.  Rev 16:10-11

Euphrates dries up.  Rev 16:12-16

The earth is utterly shaken.  Rev 16:17-21

 

The kingdom of God is proclaimed  Rev 10:7; 11:15-19

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